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Madeira: Car Tours and Walks (Landscapes)

Madeira: Car Tours and Walks (Landscapes)
by John Underwood, Pat Underwood
  THE book that made walking on Madeira so popular. In print since 1981, with over half a million copies sold. Pocket-sized and in full colour, the guide describes six car tours (with fold-out touring map), highlighting places where you can stop for a walk or just a stroll to a lovely picnic setting. But the major part of the book is devoted to 100 different long and short walk routes, illustrated with large-scale topographical maps (1:40,000). More information and prices from:
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Madeira Tour & Trail Map 5th Edition

Madeira Tour & Trail Map 5th Edition
by David Brawn, Ros Brawn
  Main changes/updates included in the new 5th Edition are: inclusion of all the walking routes from Shirley Whitehead's Madeira Walks guide book. - correction of some place and levada names. - updated notes on the old roads replaced by new tunnel roads on the north coast, west coast and to Curral das Freiras. - realignment of streets in Nazare region of Funchal. More information and prices from:
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Madeira Insight Guide

Madeira Insight Guide
  This 278-page guidebook to Madeira presents the country's highlights in a comprehensive format, illustrated with hundreds of stunning full-colour photographs and comprehensive maps. It is an inspiring background read and serves as an invaluable, on-the-spot companion - but can also be kept as a superb, visual souvenir of a visit. Incisive essays focus on Madeira's history, people culture and photo features show the island's fascinating attractions, ranging from its legendary sweet wine to its complex patchwork of terraces. Detailed, cross-referenced maps allow you to quickly pin point areas and sites mentioned in the guide and section of Travel Tips incorporates all the travel details and contact numbers visitors will need.
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Hotels in Funchal, Madeira

Cliff Bay Hotel, Madeira

Seafront terrace at the Cliff Bay Hotel, Madeira

Most visitors to Madeira stay in or near the capital of Funchal. A dual carriageway road leads to the 'hotel zone' to the west, including the famous Reid's Palace Hotel, now owned by the Orient Express Group.

Just above the harbour is the new Royal Savoy, the latest extension to the Hotel Savoy. The two are inter-connected by a pedestrian walkway across a main road and guests can use the facilities of both. This is a 5-star resort with spectacular views, a heated indoor pool and an outdoor seawater pool, several restaurants, terraces and gardens. These are all within easy walking distance of central Funchal.

Other high quality hotels include the 5-star Cliff Bay Hotel, which is further away from the road itself. Accommodation here is excellent with a number of restaurants. The main dining room offers theme nights, mainly on a buffet basis and can be somewhat over-organised for some people's tastes. We never could quite work out how some people got better tables than others! The hotel is built on a number of levels with a choice of pools and a seafront lift taking you down to the lowest level with its own restaurant. Both Reid's and the Cliff Bay are located within a reasonable distance of Funchal town centre. But the hotels stretch on for several kilometres. Buses and taxis are reasonably plentiful although buses can get extremely crowded.

Some traditional Quintas also offer accommodation. The Quinta Mãe dos Homens is an extremely friendly option, providing good value self-catering apartments with their own balconies or terraces. This is located on an uncrowded bus route - well away from the hotel zone - in a residential district on the steep slopes above Funchal. Much less busy than the hotel district, but without the 5-star facilities of the better-known hotels. Walking down is good exercise - walking up is something else! The bus makes it easy.

More about Madeira:

Madeira - An Introduction

Madeira's history and attractions

Funchal, Madeira

Hotels in Funchal, Madeira

Reid's Hotel, Madeira

Madeira and Porto Santo (Rough Guide DIRECTIONS)

Madeira and Porto Santo (Rough Guide DIRECTIONS)
by Matthew Hancock
  Make the most of your time with "Rough Guide Directions Madeira". Slim, stylish and pocketable, the guide is an up-to-date, authoritative and user-friendly companion to this stunning Portuguese outpost. Full-colour and richly illustrated throughout, the guide highlights the best Madeira has on offer from wild mountains to precipitous valleys and the most beautiful walks on which to adsorb it all - giving you inspiration for things to do, 24 hours a day.You'll find accurate information on the regions top attractions from exploring the streets of the islands historical capital, Funchai, to the vast expanse of superb sand on Porto Santo as well as the regions leisure highlights and most unspoilt, architectural and child-friendly attractions. The guide features up-to-date listings of all the hottest new places to stay, eat, drink, club, shop and enjoy the wide array of leisure activities on offer to suit all budgets, and comes complete with comprehensive maps to help you find your way around.
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